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June 17, 2008

Get the Numbers Right! Get the Right Numbers!

JUDITH MILLER’S 2 DAY SEATTLE SEMINAR SEPT 18 & 19:   EVERYTHING you need to know to run your construction company using QuickBooks Pro for Contractors!   Day 1:  getting the information right – §  We’ll go through the complete setup of QuickBooks Pro Contractor Edition 2008 so you’ll be able to effectively and efficiently enter […]

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May 29, 2008

All of Inflation’s Little Parts

This incredible graph lays out the change in prices from March 2007 to March 2008 in a most visible way.  It’s easy to see that fuel oil (for home heating), eggs an gasoline have each increased over 40% during that year while computers and televisions, fresh vegetables and “other pork” products (what’s this?) have declined […]

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May 1, 2008

QBP/Seattle/September!

Remodelers around the country embrace QuickBooks Pro as the software program of choice to run their businesses. However this powerful program can also make a mess of your finances and job cost reporting. Until you know how to control QuickBooks Pro, you’ll end up with different sets of numbers in different reports, make financial and […]

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March 31, 2008

Thoughts on the Downturn

Well, the wild ride of the past few years looks to be long-gone – probably gone for a long time too. Now what? I’ve got a few thoughts. Let’s look at a chronology of events. Past: the incredible up-tick in home prices brought windfall profits to many in the remodeling community. People used their homes […]

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February 27, 2008

Splitting Financial Duties – Protect Yourself

Imagine that the primary financial duties are these [let me know what I might have missed, please]: Open the mail Approve field invoices Approve time cards Enter data into accounting program Process payroll Write payroll checks Pay payroll taxes Approve accounts payable for payment Enter accounts receivable invoices Receive accounts receivable checks Enter deposits Reconcile […]

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November 29, 2007

What Makes a Company a Great Place to Work Today

Sue Shellenbarger, columnist for the WSJ, says that “the waning of the boomers with their uptight ways (really?) and the rise of the we’want’it’all millennials, are spurring major shifts in employer programs.” She says that important issues for younger workers include: Wide – open flexibility Broader programs including paid paternity leave Enviro-perks including fitness centers […]

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August 29, 2007

What a Test Can Say About Your Style

The “Under New Management” column written by Kelley Holland in the New York Times posed an important question: although assessment tools are plentiful and useful, they are only the beginning of leadership development.  The article mentions The Center for Creative Leadership [see Links] as a resource for understanding the place of such assessments in leadership […]

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June 29, 2007

CEO Focuses on Strategy & Teamwork

Kerry Clark who was CEO at Proctor & Gamble for 32 years says that what impresses him most about any employee is performance.  He says “It’s not about personal loyalty per se.  It’s about facing reality, accountability an doing the right thing.  I have zero tolerance for dishonesty or crossing the line ethically.  So, it’s […]

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June 29, 2007

The Next Audit Scare

In this Personal Finance article, the Wall Street Journal discusses the IRS’ intent to target random audits which will “probably cover more ground than a regular audit.”  Many of these audits serve primarily to determine ranges of reasonableness for various types of industries.  For example, how much does a typical remodeling contractor really spend on […]

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